IR Leader
March 01, 2022

As part of our ongoing commitment to support the IR community, we recently issued two publications and an Issues Alert to keep members informed and up to date.

Issues Backgrounder: TSX's New Market on Close Facility. Familiarize yourself with the new facility and how it impacts you and your investors.

IR focus: Transformational Investor Relations in Spin-Offs, Split-Offs and Rationalizations. Meaningful insight on various types of corporate restructuring and the IRO's role in these transactions.

Issues Alert: CSA Guidelines on Virtual AGMs. This guidance addresses issuer disclosure around shareholder access and how shareholders participate in virtual AGMs.

Issues Backgrounders and IR focus are member-only publications. You must be logged in to access them.

Not a CIRI member? Join now to access these and other member-only resources.

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Each year, CIRI recognizes investor relations professionals who make a significant contribution to the practice of investor relations. These individuals are nominated by you – their peers. As a member of the IR community and CIRI, we ask you to think about your IR program and consider nominating those IROs whose programs or initiatives you admire. Self nominations are also accepted.

CIRI Fellowship Program
The CIRI Fellowship Program recognizes leaders in the investor relations profession who, by their achievements, bring distinction to the profession and serve as role models for others. CIRI Fellows have made significant contributions to the advancement of the investor relations profession and to CIRI throughout their careers. Earning the designation of F.CIRI, the CIRI Fellow is the highest honour for investor relations professionals in Canada. Current CIRI National Directors and members of the Fellows Selection Committee are not eligible for nomination. Click here for more information and to access the Nomination Form.

Belle Mulligan Award for Leadership in IR
The Belle Mulligan Award for Leadership in Investor Relations is given in honour of the late Belle Mulligan to recognize individuals who have shown singular leadership in one or more aspects of the practice of IR. These could include new or improved applications of technology, progressive approaches to disclosure, outstanding mentorship, or remarkable leadership in any other aspects of IR. Click here for more information and to access the Nomination Form.

CIRI Award for Excellence in Investor Relations
The Award for Excellence in Investor Relations is given by CIRI to honour individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the investor relations profession and to the Institute. Click here for more information and to access the Nomination Form.

Nominations can be submitted to Jane Maciel until March 21, 2022.

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Canadian Securities Regulators Provide Updated Guidance on Virtual Shareholder Meetings

Staff of the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA Staff or we) are today providing reporting issuers with guidance on virtual shareholder meetings.

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ESG Investing Needs to Expand Its Definition of Materiality

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The Time for a Circular Economy Has Come

There are finite limits to our planet’s natural resources. Intensive exploitation at an increasingly rapid pace prevents nature from regenerating thus contributing to depletion and impoverishment. Our linear economic model, which consists of producing, consuming and throwing away, has a key role leading to devastating impacts on our environment.

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Understanding Materiality Can Unlock Accountability

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A Personal Message To The Cantankerous Critics Of The International Sustainability Standards Board

I should have seen the hate mail coming. In October 2018 my Oxford colleague Professor Richard Barker and I published a Green Paper titled "Should FASB and IASB be responsible for setting standards for nonfinancial information?" Much to our surprise and delight, just two years later in September 2020 the Trustees of the IFRS Foundation published their "Consultation Paper on Sustainability Reporting." The idea was to establish an International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB), parallel and coordinated with the International Accounting Standards Board which sets standards for financial reporting for most of the world. The U.S. has its own version called U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles but they really aren't all that different.

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Female CFOs' More Cautious Earnings Talk Has Payoffs

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Lifting the Lid on D&I

Slowly but surely, companies are finally acquiescing to investor requests for more granular data on diversity and inclusion.

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We Need Universal ESG Accounting Standards

ESG accounting is a mess. Competing initiatives mean there's no uniform set of standards for measuring a company's progress on sustainability. The good news is that a new initiative, the International Sustainability Standards Board, promises to do for sustainability reporting what the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) does for financial reporting - develop standards for companies to report their performance to investors.

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